Core ABC Blood Orange: Not Just a Seasonal Flavor

CORE Nutritionals is on a tear lately, hot off of a potent Core HYDRATE launch that put all other electrolyte supplements on the chopping block. But getting back to one of their classic supplements – the Core ABC intra-workout / BCAA supplement – there’s a new flavor launching for Fall of 2022.

Blood Orange Core ABC is Here for Fall

Core ABC Blood Orange

The latest Core Nutritionals ABC intra-workout flavor is here, and it’s not just for Octobor. We’re talking blood orange ABC, the bolder (and better) citrus flavor!

We recently covered Core ABC Lemon Lime Sherbet, which was the perfect summer launch, especially given the heat wave we experienced this year. But now that it’s October, it’s time to get a bit… darker.

Core ABC Blood Orange is the latest flavor, with bold, citrus tones to help quench you in your training. Doug Miller and his team at CORE Nutritionals claim that this “blood orange” launch has nothing to do with the upcoming Halloween celebration, but we’re not so sure about that.

Regardless, this is a popular flavor system because it’s generally very strong – something that folks want when using tons of water for hot and heavy training.

Let’s dive into the flavor and then talk about how Core ABC works. First, check the availability on PricePlow and sign up to for our alerts on Core Nutritionals supplements:

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What is Blood Orange?

The blood orange is a type of orange in the Citrus × sinensis (sweet citrus) family. It’s famous for its “red” flesh that’s really a deep maroon — or blood-red — color.

Blood Orange

This coloration is due to additional polyphenols known as anthocyanins, constituents we write about frequently, since they’re used in supplements for health properties. These pigments are less common in traditional citrus fruits, but we do see them in the blood orange.[1]

This comes from what is believed to be a natural mutation – many botanists think that the blood orange is a type of orange hybrid with the pomelo and tangerine. There are additional subvarieties, many of which are high in vitamin C.

In general, we can expect a flavor profile that’s bolder than traditional orange — it’s often a combination of orange and raspberry, but flavor scientists can tweak it to their liking.

What is Core ABC?

Core ABC Blood Orange Ingredients

Core ABC is a BCAA (branched-chain amino acid) supplement that boasts a little bit more than your traditional BCAA supplement. What makes ABC stand apart is that there are some additional endurance-boosting ingredients added as well, making it a top product amongst cardio-lovers especially.

Products like ABC are generally taken intra-workout, but works as a refreshing sugar-free beverage that can top off your amino stores as well.

Core ABC Ingredients

We first covered Core ABC when writing about their Patriot Pop flavor in 2021 — if you care to see citations and references, read our article titled Core ABC Patriot Pop: Boost Your Workout with a Bomb.

But briefly, here’s what the supplement has in store for you:

  • Core ABC Blood OrangeBCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) – 10 grams: These are the three primary essential amino acids that can’t be generated by the body, and thus must be ingested via diet (or supplementation). On their own, they are anti-catabolic and anti-fatiguing.

    They consist of leucine, the primary amino that activates mTOR signaling and drives muscle protein synthesis. Valine is important as the precursor to our “exercise molecule” L-BAIBA. Finally, isoleucine can boost glucose uptake and improve nutrient absorption while promoting mTOR signaling a touch itself.

  • L-Glutamine – 2.5 grams: This popular and abundant amino acid isn’t a muscle-builder like it was promoted to be 20 years ago, but it can help increase endurance, reduce soreness, and speed recovery. Additionally, there are gut health and immunity benefits, although those aren’t really stated goals of Core ABC… we’ll take them.
  • Beta-Alanine – 2.5 grams: The famed endurance-boosting amino acid that binds to the essential amino acid L-histidine (which is in nearly everything we eat) to generate more carnosine. Carnosine then goes on to buffer lactic acid, helping to fight muscular fatigue
  • Citrulline malate – 2.5 grams: The popular nitric oxide booster that can promote increased nitric oxide production through its conversion to L-arginine. The reaction can lead to more vasodilation, improving blood flow, reducing fatigue, and combating soreness. With enough citrulline malate (such as 6 total grams, check your pre-workout and it likely has some more), there’s known performance enhancement as well.

If you need even more essential amino acids or want carbohydrates, then check out Core INTRA.

All Core ABC Flavors Available:

You know a supplement is popular when it has this many flavors:

Core ABC Blood Orange

    Blood Orange, Better than Regular Orange

    Core INTRA

    Need carbs to go with it? Core INTRA has been upgraded with more power!

    We joke that CORE launched this one for Halloween – they claimed that they didn’t and that’s likely the case. So we have to note that it’s not a seasonal flavor, and should stick around. Let’s just call it a well-timed flavor, just like the Lemon Lime Sherbet before it.

    This gave us a bit of an opportunity to understand why blood oranges are awesome, and if you see them at the store, give them a try – they seem to have healthier nutritional components than your standard oranges.

    And that’s what this is all about – staying healthy. And if it takes a delicious drink to keep your cardio going, then that’s worth every penny.

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    About the Author: Mike Roberto

    Mike Roberto

    Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is an n=1 diet experimenter with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several experiments done on himself while sharing lab tests.

    Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public. Mike is currently experimenting with a low Vitamin A diet.

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    1. Carmona, Lourdes, et al. “Anthocyanin Biosynthesis and Accumulation in Blood Oranges during Postharvest Storage at Different Low Temperatures.” Food Chemistry, vol. 237, 15 Dec. 2017, pp. 7–14, 10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.05.076;

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